The idea of the sound hat is a good one - you can pop it on plug it in to a variety of inputs (anything with a standard headphone port like an ipod) and away you go, toasty head and tunes all in one.
It's available for £14.99 from IWOOT (I want one of those). I thought it was ideal for my husband to use in winter. And when you're not listening to your tunes you have a nice snug head!!
But sadly for me there are too many down sides to the ipod sound hat which let it down. Firstly it is not that well made. It came in a plastic bag with a tag on it, a bit disappointing, I expected something a bit nicer looking, after all it was a gift. The hat is a basic polyester one, not lined or fleecy and not at all warm, the sort you could get for a quid on the market. It looks OK with the equaliser on the side but I wasn't hugely impressed.
But the main flaw is the fact that it's a one size fits all hat. My hubby is a big guy, nearly 7 foot with an 18 inch collar and of course his head will be proportionally bigger than my 5 foot, 14 inch collar brother. But the ipod sound hat is meant to fit both of them. I'd say it would fit a smaller head better than a bigger one because for one thing my hubby looked a bit ... strained in such a tight fitting hat. Then there was getting the ear speakers in the right place to hear the music. Very uncomfortable to the ear and they pull as your head moves, meaning the sound quality suffers. When the hat is not on your head the sound quality is OK but it's not really meant for everyday use.
Back to the build quality - the hat developed a frayed hole at the seams less than 3 weeks after he started using it. And he didn't use it often or manhandle it. I mean it's pretty hard to put a hat through anything in three weeks normal use which would do that. So yes, it looks tatty now and subsequently he doesn't really use it.
A gimmick, and I certainly didn't need to spend £15 on it - take my advice and spend £2 on a hat and some earphones in Poundland!!
I have a sister who permanently has her ipod attached to her person, permanently listening to music, permanently not listening to a word I say. My sister also is obsessed with hats, you never see her without one on, and subsequently the bottom half of her hair is considerably lighter than the top half!
I was looking for a Christmas present for her last year when I came across this! A mixture of her two obsessions! Hats and music! I couldn't go wrong. I wasn't buying it at the time for it to be an amazing present, and I didn't expect there to be incredible sound quality! It was more of a jokey present, but one that I hoped she would love and use lots!
There are quite a few brands out there that make a hat/headphone combination, but I found that iLogic, although the most expensive, easily had the better reviews, and the others appeared to be cheaper copies of this product! I bought it from iwantoneofthose.com, and I bought it for £14.99. It came in 3 colours: Black, white and pink. There could have been more variety, but I think these colours cover most bases. I went with the white hat.
Now let me just explain how this sound hat works! It's basically a hat as you can see in the picture. There is a wire coming out of the back which you then plug into your ipod, and the headphones are effectively stitched into the hat, meaning that you can hear your music, without annoying earbuds in your ears, and whilst keeping your head warm and looking cool!
The hat is one colour all the way round, and has a logo of an equaliser on the back of the hat, it is made from 100% polyester too, which does keep your head warm, but also makes you sweat a bit if you wear it for a long time. It only comes in one size, as a one size fits all, and it fitted every one of my family members' heads perfectly! But if you have an exceptionally small or large head, this may be something to consider before buying it! The headphones, for all of us, were perfectly places, right over our ears so the music played into them perfectly. Again, if your ears are high up or low down, this could be a problem!!
The wire leading from the hat is 98cm long, which for me was a perfect length. If I placed my ipod in my pocket, the wire isn't too long so as it's waving around everywhere and it isn't too tight either so that the jack pulls out of the headphone slot! I think it fits and works with the majority of ipods, and it is a standard 3.5mm jack which works with most electrical music players.
The sound quality is actually surprisingly good. It sounds just as though you are wearing normal headphones. I was worried that with them being in the hat, you would hear music blaring out of the hat but it's very discreet and you can't hear anymore noise than you would if you were wearing normal headphones.
This is definitely an item to wear in the winter, and my sister did use it in the winter too. It does make your head hot, and you do have to make sure the headphones are perfectly placed over your ears, but if you're going for a walk in the cold, then it kills two birds with one stone!
Not an item that you can expect to replace your normal headphones, but still a fun gadget to own nonetheless!
In some shops and online stores this product may be called an "I-Hat" or an "I-Pod Sound Hat" rather than an I-Logic Sound Hat. When I bought mine only the classic black colour was available but now I've seen them in white and baby pink (I'm still happy with the black, you wouldn't catch me dead in white or pink!).
So what is it? It's basically a beanie hat with speakers where your ears should be so that you don't need to wear headphones while listening to your I-Pod or Mp3 player! I saw it on IWantOneOfThose.com and thought that I didn't just want one of those, I NEED one of those! They're £14.99 from IWOOT but I've also seen them for sale on Amazon for various prices from £13 to £16 so it might be worth shopping around. (You can earn 75 iPoints if you buy it through IWOOT).
The hat is the same colour all over with a stitched line going around it about halfway up and across the top in a cross shape. There are little equaliser logos on either side over the top of the speakers.
It's 100% polyester and it only comes in one size so if you have a particularly large or small head you might want to bear that in mind. I must have an average size head because it fits me perfectly, and the speakers fit exactly over the top of my ears (it's good to know my features are all in the correct place!). Because it's made from polyester I find it's excellent for keeping my head and ears warm, although sometimes a bit too warm if I'm wearing it while being active.
It comes with a 98cm wire and a 3.5mm jack that is already attached. I personally would've liked the wire to be a couple more inches longer just so that my I-Pod will go into my jacket pocket without too much tension on the wire. The jack will fit most Mp3 players and it fits my I-Pod Nano snugly as it should.
The label warns you to hand wash in warm water only, do not wring, do not bleach, line dry, do not iron and do not dry clean. Oh and to remove the speakers from the hat before washing. That's one of those daft common sense warnings but the makers need to put it on the label because it's actually not that obvious - because the speakers are stitched into the hat! So if you've been for a jog, got a sweaty head and want to wash your lovely hat, you'll have to cut the stictching open to do so. It won't ruin the hat completely because you can cut it on the inside and the speakers will go back in and should still stay in place but it's something you would've thought the makers might've considered and maybe used velcro instead?
The sound quality you get through the speakers is very good, I thought it might sound odd coming through the hat lining but it doesn't. It's not very personal though - You can either have the music on very quietly so you can just about it hear or turn the volume on your I-Pod up and actually be able to hear what's being sung...but then so can everyone else! But then they are speakers and not headphones. So it's definitely not ideal for the bus!
Despite the various negative things I've mentioned about this hat it still gets three stars because the concept is brilliant. If the weather is cold and you're the sort of person who uses over the head earphones then it means you can still listen to music while keeping your head warm. And if you go jogging or do any other active sports outdoors then you don't have to worry about headphones falling off or out of your ears. And if are a jogger then you can have the volume up because you won't be stood next to anyone long enough for them to complain about the racket!
Overall it's a clever idea but needs some improvements.